I think the point of this article, and I could be wrong, is that the 2nd or 3rd worst team in the SEC is much more appealing to 17 and 18 year old kids who know nothing of anyone outside of the SEC and FSU winning national championships, and unfortunately this is true.
I know this is an unpopular view, but the facts are what they are. The population is shifting south, and the SEC is winning. They have a network, ESPN, that markets for them, and right now it is much much more desirable to play in the SEC than it is the BigTen, ACC, or Big 12.
This is not a problem for OSU, scUM, PSU, or maybe even MSU, but it is indeed a poblem for schools like Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois, and the like, which needed Ohio recruits to remains relevant, or at least competitive. This fad may only last as long as Stoops is at UK, before moving on to a better job. However, the fact of the matter remains that Kentucky had one of the SEC's worst recruiting classes, which still landed them in the top 25. The BigTen had 3 top 25 recruiting classes.
If the rest of the conference wants respect, it starts on the recruiting trail. PERIOD.